“Notes: Paid Extras”

Sometimes, paying above the odds will get you extras that will take you beyond your rivals. It may not always be fair, but it rarely ever is. "It wasn't unusual for some additional one-upmanship to occur behind the scenes [in junior formulae]. Even though all drivers could pay the same amount of money to teams, … Continue reading “Notes: Paid Extras”

“The Joy and Realities of Crohn’s Disease, Amidst Thoughts for Jonny Edgar”

Become a Patron! When news broke that Red Bull junior driver Jonny Edgar was being forced to sacrifice his Formula 3 campaign with Trident due to his worsening Crohn’s disease, a very real pang of sympathy came across me. And I should know all about it. It’s been here with me for over thirty years. … Continue reading “The Joy and Realities of Crohn’s Disease, Amidst Thoughts for Jonny Edgar”

“A Grand Portimão Cop-Out”

Of the drivers competing at this weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix, Lance Stroll, Antonio Giovinazzi, Charles Leclerc, George Russell and Alex Albon all raced there in F3 in early September 2015. Yet despite the nods to it in various record books and websites, none of the above group managed to race on the Grand Prix layout … Continue reading “A Grand Portimão Cop-Out”

“Super Formula: Tsukakoshi to replaces Calderón for Okayama”

Super Formula veteran Koudai Tsukakoshi is to replace Tatiana Calderón at Drago Racing for this weekend’s Super Formula round at Okayama. With only four days until drivers are required to sign-on at Okayama, Calderón will not have time to sufficiently quarantine in order to take part in the event, allowing Tsukakoshi to claim his 82nd start in the series.

“Super Formula: Provisional Calendar Revealed” (*Updated*)

The Japanese Super Formula Championship has revealed a reconfigured calendar for the 2020 season. The rejigged schedule will see all seven rounds crammed into the final four months of the year. Following many questions and numerous delays, a new provisional calendar for the 2020 Super Formula season has been released. The provision schedule is as … Continue reading “Super Formula: Provisional Calendar Revealed” (*Updated*)

“Super Formula: No real racing for Real Racing in 2020”

Super Formula stalwarts Real Racing have withdrawn from the 2020 season, following a tumultuous campaign last time out. Established by former racer Katsutomo Kaneishi in 2003, Real Racing entered Super Formula’s predecessor – Formula Nippon – in 2011 and have been a near constant presence in the following years, mainly with Koudai Tsukakoshi behind the … Continue reading “Super Formula: No real racing for Real Racing in 2020”

“Belated Thoughts on the W Series”

Last year’s launch of the W Series was dominated by plenty of criticism, plaudits and discussion – but with the first season completed, did the concept stand up? “So, what did you make of it all?” There’s nothing quite like being put on that spot, particularly when it comes from one of the leading behind-the-scenes … Continue reading “Belated Thoughts on the W Series”

“Markelov adopts F2 drive in place of Hubert”

Super Formula racer Artem Markelov will re-join the FIA Formula 2 Championship this weekend, replacing the late Anthoine Hubert at Arden. Markelov moved to Japan’s Super Formula Championship this year but has struggled to adapt to the category since his move to the Far East. With a best finish of 10th and a single fastest … Continue reading “Markelov adopts F2 drive in place of Hubert”

“Motorsport Diaries, Episode 4”

In this episode of Motorsport Diaries, I talk about about the upcoming 4th round of the 2019 Super Formula Championship from Fuji and go through events in qualifying. Also, I discuss the driver swap between Pato O’Ward and Dan Ticktum at Team Mugen and Red Bull. Coverage starts from 5.30am (UK) at Youtube.com/LetsGoRacing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_L9gPP33WI

“FIA F3: Ticktum scores super-close win in Norisring finale”

Motopark’s Dan Ticktum scored his second FIA European Formula 3 win of the season at the Norisring this afternoon, beating teammate Jüri Vips by just 0.057s across the line. Marcus Armstrong came home 3rd to score another podium in his Prema Powerteam entry and take the points lead. In yet another chaotic race interrupted by … Continue reading “FIA F3: Ticktum scores super-close win in Norisring finale”

“Vips takes first FIA F3 win at chaotic Norisring”

Jüri Vips secured his first European Formula 3 victory in a chaotic race at the Norisring this morning. In his Motopark machine, Vips headed championship leader Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Bullfrog GP) and Marcus Armstrong (Prema Powerteam) to complete an all-rookie podium. Starting 4th, the Estonian enjoyed a reasonable start, only for the race to be … Continue reading “Vips takes first FIA F3 win at chaotic Norisring”


This piece was initially written in May for a run in a print magazine; however unfortunately was not published at the time. While things have moved on slightly as teams have gathered greater understanding of the aero updates, much of it is still relevant and worthwhile. Without wishing to get too far ahead, I may … Continue reading FIA EUROPEAN FORMULA 3 TECH UPDATE

“Thoughts on Pascal Wehrlein, the Norisring and Weird Regulations”

Pascal Wehrlein is a reasonably tall chap. Maybe not overly so in the grand scheme of the human race, but in the realm of racing drivers, he is quite tall. Upon meeting, he would stand not too far shy of my 6’1” frame, whereas a great many racers fall somewhere in the 5’6”-5’8” region. And … Continue reading “Thoughts on Pascal Wehrlein, the Norisring and Weird Regulations”